Needless to say that former World No.1 Serena Williams is a source of inspiration for several athletes around the world. However, the 35-year-old American tennis professional Varvara Lepchenko expressed his gratitude towards her old friend, none other than Serena, after claiming her first WTA 125 series title.
Tashkent born Varvara Lepchenko has been competing in the WTA Tour over the two decades and reached the fourth round of the Grand Slam events. Nevertheless, she won her maiden WTA 125 series title recently at the LTP Women’s Open in Charleston after merely losing a single set in the five matches.
Serena Gave Me Some Confidence, says Varvara Lepchenko
After lifting a significant title of her tennis career, Lepchenko revealed how she had rejuvenated her tennis career, significantly the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams who helped her during the uncertainty.
In addition, after a personal tragedy, Varvara Lepchenko and her coach Riba moved to Florida for rejuvenation. At that time, she got a call from her old friend Serena Williams.
Here Lepchenko explained how a friendship with one of the greatest players of the racket sport impacted her career, “Serena invited me to practice with her, and we started hitting.”
The former World No.19 continued, “she gave me some confidence, I would say. She’s a great friend, and she encouraged me to keep going. Just seeing that I could hit with her and seeing her play on the big stages when she’s older than me – that inspired me as well, to keep going and keep dreaming big.”
Moreover, Serena Williams is in the quest to win one more Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s record tally of 24 titles. A few days ahead of the US Open 2021 inaugural, let’s see what will happen in Flushing Meadows.